A Biographical Dictionary of

Leading Living Men of the City of Detroit

Edited by Albert Nelson Marquis


A. N. Marquis & Company


Copyright, 1908 by Albert Nelson Marquis

Pages 121 - 123

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CONNORS, Martin W.; born, Brooklyn, N. Y., Dec. 11, 1858; son of William and Mary (Welsh) Connors; educated in public schools of Louisville, Ky,; married, Louisville, 1887, Addie Beuther. Began active career in service of the Louisville & Nashville Ry., continuing in different departments for 14 years; began in life insurance business as solicitor for the Equitable Life Assurance Society, and remained with the organization at Louisville for 4 years; was in new York for 5 years in special capacity for the Mutual Life Insurance Co.; came to Detroit, 1900, as state manager for the Equitable Life, was transferred to Philadelphia, 1903, but returned to Detroit same year, and assumed present position with the Provident Savings Life Association, Republican. Member B. P. O. E. Club: Fellowship. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Office: 1027-1029 Chamber of Commerce. Residence: 107 Forest Av., W.

COOK, Frank Christopher, lawyer; born, Hartford, Conn., Dec. 25, 1871; son of Michael J. and Ellen (Ganley) Cook; educated in public schools of Hartford and Law Department, University of Michigan, degree of LL.B., 1895; married Bay City, Mich., 1902, Frances Conway. Has practiced in Detroit since 1895; director Detroit Steamship Co. Democrat. Roman Catholic Office: 1223 Majestic Bldg. Residence: 101 Pallister Av.

COOK, Fred L., general insurance; born, Chippewa, Mich., May 22, 1872; son of William and Phebe A. (Knapp) Cook; educated in country school and at Ferris Commercial School, Big Rapids, Mich.; married at Ridgeway, Mich., 1896, Leora F. Sutton. Began business career in 1889 as teller in bank at Big Rapids, Mich., and later at Traverse City, Mich.; entered insurance business at Lansing, Mich., 1893; came to Detroit, 1899; member insurance firm of Blackman, Glass & Cook; devotes his attention to adjustment of fire and casualty losses. Secretary American Exploration Co. Methodist. Recreation: Automobiling. Office: 208 Moffat Bldg.  Residence: 35 Kings Av.

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COOLIDGE, Charles Austin, soldier: born, Boston, July 19, 1844; son of Charles Austin and Anna Maria (Rice) Coolidge; educated in public schools of Concord, Mass., Norwich (Vt.) University, graduating, M. D., Wooster Medical College, Cleveland, O.; married, Tallahassee, Fla., Nov. 19, 1867, Sophie Wager Lowny, of Philadelphia. Entered 16th U. S. Infantry, Oct. 22, 1862; commissioned 2nd lieutenant 7th Infantry, May 14, 1864; promoted captain, Aug. 9, 1877; wounded at battle of Big Hole, Mont., Aug. 9, 1877; promoted major, 1898; lieutenant colonel, 9th Infantry, May, 1899; served in Cuba, battle of Santiago, 1898; in Philippines, battles Sindalon and Angeles; in China in Relief Expedition; 1900; at battle of Tientsin, Yangstum and taking of Pekin; in command of United States forces in China for five days; promoted colonel 7th Infantry, 1901; served at Vancouver, Wash., and Presidio, Calif., until retired as brigadier general, Aug. 9, 1903. Member San Francisco Philatelic Society, Loyal Legion, Society Santiago, Military Order of the Dragon. Episcopalian. Club: Family. Address: The Pasadena.

COPLEY, Almon Ward, lawyer; born, Cass Co., Mich., May 22, 1868; son of Alexander B. and Jane Helen (Hathaway) Copley; educated in public schools to 1887; graduated Law Department, University of Michigan, LL.B., 1892; married at Detroit, Feb. 18, 1907, Jessie May Letts. Has been engaged in practice at Detroit since 1892. Director First State Bank, Decatur, Mich. Former member Michigan National Guard (honorably discharged). Republican. Member Masonic order. Recreation: Travel. Office: 314 Moffat Bldg. Residence: 244 25th St.

CORBETT, Edward Joseph, wholesale coal and coke; born, Groveport, O., Mar. 23, 1865; son of Michael and Hanora (McGrath) Corbett; educated in Groveport public and high schools and the Columbus (O.) Business College; married at Detroit, Mich., July 25, 1907, Miss Anna Dyer. Began active career as secretary to general superintendent Columbus & Cincinnati Midland R. R., Columbus, O.; removed to Ashland, Wis., 1889, as secretary to Northwestern manager Columbus & Hocking Coal & Iron Co., then as office manager for same company in Chicago; came to Detroit, 1891, as representative for H. D. Turney & Co., miners and shippers of coal, Columbus; entered business on his own account, 1894, and has since operated in his own name. President Cadillac Coal & Coke Co., Detroit; vice president Royal Coal Mining Co., Brilliant, O.; treasurer and director Maxwell-Briscoe-McLeod Co.; director Maxwell-Briscoe Motor co., Michigan Copper and Brass Co., Newcastle Realty Co. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Independent in politics. Catholic in religious belief. Member Knights of Columbus. Clubs: Detroit, Country, Detroit Yacht, Detroit Automobile. Recreations: Automobiling and general outdoor sports. Office: 1014-1017 Majestic Bldg. Residence: Hotel Plaza.

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CORBETT, William Patrick, lawyer; born, St. Albans, Vt., Sept. 8, 1857; son of Michael and Mary (Welch) Corbett; educated in public schools of St. Albans; unmarried. Began active career as a farm hand in Vermont, 1873, continuing for 3 years; drove stage between St. Albans and Richford, and acted as helper in a printing office; came to Michigan City, Ind., May, 1878, and was employed for two and a half years as locomotive fireman on Michigan Central R. R. and as locomotive engineer until Oct. 1886; retired from railroad business and traveled for a short time through the West, returning East to Buffalo, N. Y.; located in Detroit, Aug., 1887, and studied law in the office of the late Col. John Atkinson; was admitted to the bar, 1891, and has since practiced in Detroit. Democrat. Roman Catholic. Member Independent Order of Foresters and of Loyal Guards. Office: 911 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 241 Woodland Av.

CORBIN, John Milton, attorney; born, Lockport, N.Y., Sept. 8, 1844; son of Isaiah H. and Almira L. (Mills) Corbin; educated at Charlotte (Mich.) Academy and Eaton Rapids (Mich.) High School; married at Eaton Rapids, Mich., Sept. 18, 1878, Artie Scott. Entered law office of Crane & Montgomery, Eaton Rapids, June 1, 1867, and was admitted to the bar June 20, 1870; had a large practice at Eaton Rapids until removing to Detroit, Oct. 6, 1901; makes specialty of insurance and corporation law; attorney for the state for Federal Life Insurance Co. of Chicago and Federal Union Surety Co. of Indianapolis; has also engaged in a number of successful business enterprises, among which was the Jackson Cracker Co. President Michigan State Bank, Eaton Rapids; vice president Exchange Bank of Dimondale, Mich.; director, secretary and treasurer George G. Harris Co., wholesale dealers in candies and distributing agents for Lowney's Candies, and Queen Anne Baking Powder Co., both of Detroit. Independent Republican. Congregationalist. Member Masonic order (32), Knight Templar. Clubs: Wayne and Fellowcraft. Recreation: Outdoor sports. Office: 812 Hammond Bldg. Residence: 75 Chandler Av.

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COREY, Newton J.; born, Hillsdale, Mich., Jan. 31, 1861; son of John and Juliette (Meacham) Corey; M. Ph., Hillsdale (Mich.) College, 1880; studied music under private teachers in Boston; married at Detroit, Sept. 1, 1901, Ada B. Davies. Musician for 12 years in Boston; removed to Detroit, 1891; organist Fort Street Presbyterian Church since 1891; gave organ recitals at World's Fair, Chicago, 1893. Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901, St. Louis Exposition, 1904 (Fourth of July recital at Festival Hall); secretary International Jury of Awards, musical department, St. Louis Exposition; one of the founders American Guild of Organists. Pianist and lecturer before universities, colleges, music teachers' convention, women's clubs, etc.; one of the first to present the life and works of Wagner on the lecture platform, illustrated with stereopticon views. Member Fine Arts Society, Detroit (director). Club: Detroit. Address: 38 Woodward Terrace.

CORLISS, John B., lawyer; born, Richford, Vt., June 7, 1851; son of H. and Lydia (Round) Corliss; educated in public schools of Vermont and at Columbia Law College, degree of LL.B., 1877; married at Barnard, Vt., Dec. 5, 1877, Elizabeth N. Danforth. Has engaged in practice in Detroit since Sept. 23, 1877; member law firm of Corliss, Leete & Joslyn. Also president Michigan Lubricator Co. and Shipman Koal Co., of Pennsylvania; director Reliance Motor Car Co., and officer and member of many other Companies. Member Detroit Board of Commerce. Member of Congress, 1895-1900, for 5th district of Michigan. Mason. Club: Detroit. Office: Moffat Bldg. Residence: 34 W. Canfield Av.

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